Latest News Today – Redmi Note 10 Pro Max Review: Worth Paying Extra For?

The Redmi Note series has always stood for value, offering features that are a step or two up from the Redmi series while still remaining affordable enough for most people. You can expect a big screen, big battery, powerful processor, and impressive cameras, which gives these models a bit of aspirational value, when considering the budget market. This year, Xiaomi has launched the Redmi Note 10 series, and the top-end Redmi Note 10 Pro Max introduces a 108-megapixel camera which is of course its headlining feature. This is the only difference between the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max and the Redmi Note 10 Pro, but does it make sense for a mainstream phone? We’re going to find out.


Redmi Note 10 Pro Max price in India.

Blurring the line between mainstream and premium, the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max starts at Rs. 18,999 in India, for the variant with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. You pay very little more, just Rs. 19,999, for the same 6GB of RAM but double the storage at 128GB, which makes the base variant seem fairly pointless. The most expensive variant actually crosses the Rs. 20,000 mark for the first time, costing Rs. 21,999 for 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

If you don’t need the 108-megapixel camera, the Redmi Note 10 Pro is identical in every other way and costs Rs. 3,000 less for the same amounts of RAM and storage: Rs. 15,999, Rs. 16,999 and Rs. 18,999 respectively. Both models are available in the same three colours: Dark Night, Glacial Blue, and Vintage Bronze.

The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max in Dark Night (left) and Vintage Bronze (right)


Redmi Note 10 Pro Max design

Xiaomi has gone in a slightly new design direction with this generation. The small touches that the company collectively calls its ‘Evol’ design language can be seen mainly around the frames and camera modules of the Redmi Note 10 series. Not much is different on the front, which is nearly all screen with narrow borders and a relatively small embedded front camera right at the top. This camera for some reason has a very shiny silver ring around it, which is extremely distracting and somewhat negates the purpose of reducing the size of the camera hole.

The power button on the side has an embedded fingerprint sensor but isn’t recessed and also isn’t any larger than a standard button. The volume rocker is right above it, and the phone’s frame expands a bit in thickness to accommodate them. The glass rear panel is curved at the sides and moulded around this bulge, making for a very slick look.

The Mystic Bronze and Glacial Blue colour options have frosted backs, while the Dark Night version is glossy. I was able to check out both finishes, and found that fingerprints were a bit of a problem in both cases. The frosted glass was also actually a little more slippery, but not enough to be a cause of concern.

The 108-megapixel camera on the rear is highlighted by a bright silver panel. The module itself has a two-tier design to account for the camera’s thickness, and is wide enough to accommodate the two low-resolution cameras next to each other. Unfortunately this does mean that the phone isn’t very steady or easy to use when it’s lying flat on a table.

Xiaomi has used Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the front, and an adhesive screen protector is pre-applied. There is a 3.5mm audio jack but it’s on the top, which is somewhat unusual. You’ll also find a speaker cutout; the earpiece is used as a second speaker, and this allows sound to travel better. You also get an infrared emitter for controlling appliances. On the bottom, you’ll find a USB Type-C port and the primary speaker. The tray on the left has two Nano-SIM slots as well as space for a microSD card.

There’s an IP53 rating for water and dust resistance, which is always good to see. At 8.1mm thick and 192g in weight, the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max is a bit thinner and lighter than last year’s Redmi Note 9 Pro Max (Review), but you have to consider the awkward camera bulge.

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The frame widens a little to enclose the fingerprint sensor and volume rocker


Redmi Note 10 Pro Max specifications and software

This wouldn’t be a Redmi Note phone without some very impressive specifications, and you can expect a few premium touches. However, keep in mind that the Redmi Note 10 Pro also gives you exactly the same package except for the primary rear camera for Rs. 3,000 less. The Snapdragon 732G SoC should be more than enough for everyday tasks as well as gaming, and you get up to 8GB of RAM with 128GB of storage.

I’m quite impressed with the screen that the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max has. This is a 6.67-inch full-HD+ Super AMOLED panel with full DCI-P3 colour gamut coverage, a 120Hz maximum refresh rate, and HDR10 support. Brightness goes up to 1200nits, and there’s TUV Rheinland certification for low blue light emission. The hole for the front camera is only 2.96mm in diameter.

There’s a 5020mAh battery and you can charge this phone at up to 33W using the included adapter. Other specifications include dual active LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth, stereo speakers, a haptic vibrator, and all the usual sensors. Surprisingly, NavIC isn’t listed as one of the supported satellite navigation systems, and there’s no mention of high-resolution Bluetooth audio codecs. NFC would also have been nice.

As for software, the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max ships with MIUI 12.0.6 on top of Android 11. It has a lot of features and customisations including a locked Second Space for private data, Game Turbo shortcuts, home screen customisations and gesture navigation, iOS-style gestures to show notifications and quick settings, floating windows, Reading Mode with a paper-like texture, and a customisable always-on screen.

We’ve complained for years about the amount of advertising and promotional content there is in MIUI, from the “Glance” content on the lockscreen to constant notifications from certain apps. While it isn’t as bad as we’ve encountered in the past, Xiaomi promises that the upcoming MIUI 12.5 will dispense with all of this entirely. What’s more, even the issue of bloatware will be dealt with by allowing users to uninstall all but the most essential apps.

My review unit was running the February 2021 security patch which is okay, but not the most up-to-date. Xiaomi has indicated, but not promised, that users should get security updates at least once per quarter for the next three years, plus one or two Android version updates.

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You might find the ring around the front camera distracting even though the hole is remarkably small


Redmi Note 10 Pro Max performance

One thing that really stands out about the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max is its display quality. The Super AMOLED panel is bright and crisp, with everything looking slick. Colours pop nicely and blacks are quite deep, making for good contrast. There are three colour profiles to choose from, and you can override the colour temperature manually if you like. HDR video looks very good. The refresh rate isn’t adaptive and is set to 60Hz by default.

The only thing that detracts from the video experience is the shiny ring around the front camera. The always-on display implementation is a bit strange, since it doesn’t actually always stay on – you have to tap the screen to bring it up, and it only stays on for a few seconds, making it functionally no different to your lock screen. Also, it’s nice to have stereo speakers, but sound isn’t very rich or detailed and the bass is definitely lacking.

The fingerprint sensor works well despite being rather small, but is also very easy to hit unintentionally. You can also set up a double-tap shortcut to perform an action or launch an app. Despite the large screen, the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max is fairly easy to handle, but you might want to slip on the included case for better grip. The main annoyance is promotional notifications from Xiaomi’s GetApps store and Themes app, and I hope the MIUI 12.5 update arrives soon.

You won’t have any trouble with everyday apps. My review unit had 6GB of RAM, and even heavy multitasking wasn’t an issue. I got a score of 2,71,830 in AnTuTu, and Geekbench 5 managed 563 and 1,703 points in its single- and multi-threaded tests. The 3DMark Wild Life test produced a score of 1,118, and the Sling Shot Extreme score was 2,734. GFXBench’s T-Rex and Car Chase scenes ran at 82fps and 17fps respectively. Heavy games including Call of Duty Mobile and Asphalt 9: Legends ran well but the back of the phone does get a bit warm after a minute or two.

The 5020mAh battery can take you through a full day with a little bit left over for the next morning. If you play a lot of games, stream media, and take a lot of photos and videos, you should still be able to make one charge last a full day. In our HD video loop test, the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max lasted for 17 hours, 1 minute. When plugged into the bundled charger, it went from zero to 44 percent in 30 minutes and 84 percent in 60 minutes.

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There’s a 3.5mm jack and IR emitter on the top, Type-C port on the bottom, and speaker cutouts on both


Redmi Note 10 Pro Max cameras

The star of the show of course is the 108-megapixel main shooter. It’s based on the same Samsung HM2 sensor as the Mi 10i’s main camera, but there are some differences in the optics here, such as an f/1.9 aperture and 6P lens. By default, this camera combines nine 0.7um pixels into one 2.1um pixel for an effective resolution of 12 megapixels – though you can override this.

Just as interesting though, is the 5-megapixel macro camera which also boasts of 2X magnification. This should allow you to get macro shots from farther away than usual. The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max also has a standard 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor.

There’s quite a lot going on in the Camera app, and even some modes that you don’t get on the lower-end Redmi Note 10 (Review). Vlog mode lets you package graphics, background music, and even effects into a single clip just by tapping the shutter button a few times. Clone and Dual modes, as their names suggest, let you create multi-exposure shots and superimpose video from the front and rear cameras, respectively. The other modes include Document, Panorama, Time Lapse, and AI Watermark.

Some aspects of the app are odd, such as the fact that you have to go into a Settings submenu to switch to the macro camera. You’ll also find a Tilt Shift filter here, which could have been another separate mode. There’s a very flexible Burst toggle that lets you choose the number of shots and interval, plus options for framing and object tracking. The UI could use some improvement, especially in the way text labels are cut off. Thankfully, Xiaomi has also decided not to impose a tasteless and obtrusive branded watermark on users by default anymore.

Redmi Note 10 Pro Max daytime photo samples: standard (top); ultra-wide (middle), 108-megapixel 1:1 crop (bottom) (tap to see full size)


Coming to photo quality, we can see that the primary camera does a good job when it comes to detail, exposure, and colour reproduction. You should be happy with the results, given the price of this phone. Close-ups work best, of course, but even objects at a distance look fairly good at the default 12-megapixel resolution. If you use the 108-megapixel mode, you’ll end up with shots that take up 20MB of space on average. While you can magnify photos much more before losing definition, you can’t really expect to crop distant objects to simulate optical zoom. Results also tend to be a little less sharp at the full resolution.

The wide-angle camera, as expected, captures duller shots with poorer contrast. You can adjust the depth effect before or after taking a shot in Portrait mode, and results were good, but not especially great.

Redmi Note 10 Pro Max daytime macro photo samples (tap to see full size)


I found the macro camera to even more interesting than the primary one. It’s a bit tricky to get the distance between the phone and subject right, and there’s no indication on screen of when you’ve got the optimum focus. This led to a bit of awkward guesswork and disappointing results, but it was better than getting right up close to a subject and covering it with the phone’s own shadow. However, when the focus was just right and the subject was nicely framed, my shots came out looking spectacular, with exactly the kind of detail and definition that make macro shots so compelling. This might be the best implementation of a dedicated macro camera that I’ve used so far on a smartphone.

Redmi Note 10 Pro Max low-light camera samples (top: standard; bottom: night mode) (tap to see full size)

Night mode can make a pretty big difference to low-light shots, but detail isn’t that great no matter whether it’s on or off. Colour tone wasn’t very natural-looking, especially in 108-megapixel mode. Focus was also harder to get right at the full resolution. The wide-angle camera does of course capture duller, darker shots, but given enough ambient light, these were actually not too bad.

Redmi Note 10 Pro Max front camera sample: daytime portrait (top); low-light (bottom)



The 16-megapixel f/2.45 front camera is decent in the daytime, but don’t expect the most natural-looking skin tones. Beautification is on by default. Selfie portraits had good depth of field with accurate edge detection.

Video recording goes up to 4K at 30fps. Full-HD video is stabilised, but 4K video isn’t. Quality is decent enough in the daytime, even with wide-angle full-HD video. At night, a good amount of detail was captured but colours tended to get pumped up to unrealistic levels. There was shimmer at full-HD, while 4K video was very shaky.

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The camera module of the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max is attention-grabbing but also sticks out quite a bit



Xiaomi usually pitches its Redmi Note series as all-rounders, but the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max clearly wants to up the ante specifically with its 108-megapixel rear camera. I’m not entirely convinced that this will be worth the Rs. 3,000 premium over the Redmi Note 10 Pro, which is otherwise identical. Sure, it’s great for bragging rights and there are situations when you might want to capture very fine detail, but the overall camera quality doesn’t really seem to benefit all that much. It will be interesting to compare these two phones’ main cameras side by side in identical conditions.

In all other respects, the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max is a very compelling device, but that just makes an even stronger case for recommending its considerably less expensive twin, rather than this phone itself. All the strengths of this phone apply to the Redmi Note 10 Pro as well: its screen is very good, there’s plenty of processing power on tap, the software is due to get a significant update, and the design is very slick. Battery life could have been better, and the fingerprint sensor might become annoying, but these issues are relatively easy to live with.

It’s interesting that Xiaomi has not used a 5G-capable SoC for this phone. The Mi 10i (Review) does offer 5G and more processing power for just Rs. 2,000 more, with the same three RAM and storage combinations. If you do want the 108-megapixel camera, this seems like it could be a better option for many people. Realme has also just launched its Realme 8 Pro (First Impressions), and the X7 5G (Review) is in the same ballpark.

Once you look at the market overall, the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max seems to address a very small niche. It’s a great phone, but you have two other options from Xiaomi that will either save you some money or give you a beefier overall package for not that much more.

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Latest News Today – Aadhaar Card-PAN Card Linking Last Date Extended To June

Last date for linking the Aadhaar with PAN has been extended from March 31, 2021 to June 30, 2021.

The Income Tax (I-T) department has extended the last date for linking the Aadhaar number with PAN from March 31, 2021 to June 30, 2021, in order to provide relief amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier, the government had notified that the deadline for linking the two identification cards was March 31, 2021 and one may be liable to pay a penalty of Rs 1,000 in case of non-linking as per the new section ‘234H’ of the Finance Bill 2021. In case, the PAN card is not linked with Aadhaar card before the last date, it is likely to become inactive. The Aadhaar is a 12-digit number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) and is also known as Unique Identity number. The PAN is a 10-digit alphanumeric number and is allotted by the Income Tax department.

PAN Card can be easily linked to the Aadhaar number online as the Income Tax department allows users to link the two unique identification numbers through its website. Also, it is now mandatory to link the Aadhaar number with PAN to complete income-tax-related tasks such as filing returns on income.

Here’s how you can link your PAN with Aadhaar card online:

  • Log on to the income tax return e-filing website –, click on the ‘link Aadhaar’ option
  • Enter the correct Permanent Account Number, Aadhaar Number, and the full name (as given on Aadhaar card) in the designated fields.
  • Enter other details in the designated field such as date of birth.
  • Enter the captcha code.
  • Now, select the relevant option and click on the ‘link Aadhaar’ button at the bottom of the webpage.

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Telangana power utilities reaches record peak power load | | Live Newspaper Hyderabad

HYDERABAD: With the rise in temperatures in Telangana, the power demand has reached record peak on Wednesday. The Telangana power utilities reached 13,688 mega watts demand which is a record in the state.
According to officials, the power highest demand recorded was 13,168 MW in February, 2020. In the Greater Hyderabad limits, the power demand has touched 2,760 MW from 1,700 MW earlier. Interestingly, the discoms have been supplying 30 MW each to three data centres of Amazon without any interruption.
“Though we have received the highest power demand, our utilities met the demand without any problem. For the agriculture sector alone 5,000 MW of power is being supplied. Telangana is the only state to supply highest power for the agriculture sector that too 24×7,” Telangana chairman and managing director D Prabhakar Rao said. He said the power utilities were ready to supply more power if the demand continues to rise without compromising on the quality of power.
Telangana Southern Power Distribution Company Limited (TSSPDCL) chairman and managing director G Raghumareddy said power utilization is increasing in the GHMC due to rise in temperatures. “We are expecting the power load to touch 3,000 MW in GHMC limits. The discom is geared up to meet the demand,” the CMD said.
The Transco officials said apart from agriculture season demand, power demand has gone up as the pumps of Kaleshwaram project lifting water. The officials said with more industries coming up in the state, the industrial power consumption is likely to go up in the coming up.
On the recent cyber-attack on state power utilities load dispatch centre, Transco joint managing director Srinivas Rao said they were alert and in touch with the Centre power authorities.

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Latest News Today – Last Date To Link Aadhaar With PAN Extended To June 30

It is compulsory to link the Aadhaar number with PAN to complete income-tax-related tasks (File)

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The Income Tax (I-T) department has extended the last date for linking the Aadhaar number with PAN (Permanent Account Number) from March 31, 2021 to June 30, 2021, in order to provide relief amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Keeping in view the difficulties faced by the taxpayers, the Central Government has issued notification today extending the last date for the intimation of Aadhaar number and linking thereof with PAN to 30th June, 2021,” the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) said in a statement.

Earlier, the government had notified that the deadline for linking the two identification cards was March 31.

In case, the PAN card is not linked with the Aadhaar card before the last date, it is likely to become inactive.

The Aadhaar is a 12-digit number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) and is also known as Unique Identity number. The PAN is a 10-digit alphanumeric number and is allotted by the Income Tax department.

The PAN Card can be easily linked to the Aadhaar number online. The Income Tax department allows users to link the two unique identification numbers through a simple tool on its website. The two identification numbers can also be linked through the official website of National Securities Depository Limited –

It is compulsory to link the Aadhaar number with PAN to complete income-tax-related tasks such as filing returns on income.

The government had passed the Finance Bill 2021 in parliament last week, where it introduced a new section called ‘234H’. According to this section, a person will be liable to pay a late fee of up to Rs 1,000 in case of non-linking of the PAN number with Aadhaar card.

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Telangana: Congress takes strong objection to CM K | Live Newspaper Hyderabad

HYDERABAD: The Congress has strongly objected to chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s remark that the TRS would send K Jana Reddy into permanent retirement and sought to ask KCR not to forget the fact that it was Jana who stood behind KCR when the issue of trusting him cropped up with Congress high command during Telangana agitation.
Former Minister Mohd Ali Shabbir and TPCC vice-president Mallu Ravi said it was Jana Reddy who vouched for KCR when no one was ready to trust him during Telangana agitation. Instead of being thankful to him for helping him in his political career, how can KCR pass such a comment against the veteran leader, they said.
“Jana Reddy was offered the chief minister’s post during the peak of statehood movement. But he declined the offer stating his elevation to the top post had the potential to soften the intensity of Telangana agitation and the new state may not become a reality. Jana Reddy sacrificed the CM’s post for the sake of Telangana. He was instrumental in the formation of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) to spearhead the agitation. Jana Reddy always believed in ethics, morals and value-based politics and KCR commenting against Jana Reddy is like spitting on the sky,” Shabbir Ali said.
Stating that Jana Reddy still regrets trusting a person like KCR who went back on his promise of merging TRS with the Congress party. KCR had promised to make a Dalit as the CM but occupied the top post himself and accommodated his son, daughter, nephew, son-in-law in the cabinet and nearly 40 relatives in various positions,” he alleged.
Mallu Ravi said CM KCR’s arrogance of power and money has reached its climax and that the people of Nagarjuna Sagar constituency were eagerly waiting to teach him a lesson by electing Jana Reddy with a thumping majority.

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Latest News Today – Apple Maps Starts Showing COVID-19 Airport Travel

Apple Maps has started showing COVID-19 airport travel guidance to iPhone, iPad, and Mac users to let them easily access local airport health requirements including face coverings, health tests, or screenings, and quarantine guidelines. The data has been sourced from the Airports Council International (ACI) for major airports across the globe, including key ones in India. Users simply need to search for an airport in Apple Maps to look at its COVID-19 travel guidance and local health requirements.

Using the data from the ACI, Apple Maps is displaying COVID-19 travel guidance for more than 300 airports worldwide. These include Kempegowda International Airport (Bengaluru), Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (Mumbai), Indira Gandhi International Airport (New Delhi), Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (Hyderabad), and Chandigarh International Airport (Chandigarh).

Apple Maps show whether the listed airports have certain travel guidance with respect to COVID-19, such as mask requirements, health screenings, and quarantine guidelines. You can check this guidance on the airport place card by searching a particular airport on the Apple Maps app.

“Having this information displayed in Apple Maps will help to make this crucial data much more broadly accessible to passengers,” said ACI World Director General Luis Felipe de Oliveira, in a statement. “This will help passengers to plan their journeys and be reassured that their health and safety remains a priority for the industry as we all work towards a sustained return to operations and global connectivity.”

The ACI has also made the airport guidance data available through an API that developers can integrate within their apps. The list of all participating airports is available through the ACI’s Check & Fly tool.

Earlier this month, Apple Maps started showing COVID-19 vaccination centres in the US. Apple also added to its mapping app various testing locations and COVID-19 related information on the place cards of over 4,400 retailers globally.

Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast, has a double bill this week: the OnePlus 9 series, and Justice League Snyder Cut (starting at 25:32). Orbital is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and wherever you get your podcasts.

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Latest News Today – Government Approves Rs 10,900 Crore PLI Scheme For Food

The incentive under the scheme would be paid for six years ending 2026-27.

The government on Wednesday approved a production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme for the food processing sector, entailing an outlay of Rs 10,900 crore. The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the scheme which will help create 2.5 lakh jobs by 2026-27, boost exports and facilitate expansion of food processing capacity to generate processed food output worth Rs 33,494 crore. The incentive under the scheme would be paid for six years ending 2026-27. “The PLI for the food processing sector with Rs 10,900 crore-incentive has been approved. The decision is a fitting tribute to our farmers,” Food Minister Piyush Goyal said while briefing the media about the cabinet decisions.

The effort is to take the country’s food processing to a next level amid the rising global demand for Indian ready-to-eat foods, organic products, processed fruits and vegetables, marine products and mozzarella cheese, he said. The government said the objectives of the scheme are to support food manufacturing entities with stipulated minimum sales and that are willing to make minimum stipulated investment for expansion of processing capacity and branding abroad to incentivise emergence of strong Indian brands.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar, who was also present at the briefing, said that the government in the Budget had announced a PLI scheme for 12-13 sectors. Already, PLI has been announced for six sectors. “Today, PLI for the food processing industries has been approved,” he added. According to the government, the first component under the scheme relates to incentivising manufacturing of four major food product segments: ready-to-cook/ready-to-eat foods, processed fruits and vegetables, marine products and mozzarella cheese.

Innovative and organic products of small-to-medium enterprise (SMEs), including eggs, poultry meat, egg products in these segments, are also covered under the first component. The second component relates to support for branding and marketing abroad to incentivise emergence of strong Indian brands.
Highlighting key features of the scheme, Food Processing Industries Secretary Pushpa Subrahmanyam said, “The government will issue an expression of interest (EoI) by the end of April.”

The requirement for the respondents is to commit to a minimum sales and minimum level of investment to each segment and if they achieve both, then for the incremental sales, a percentage of that amount will be given as subsidy the following year, she said. The selected applicant will be required to undertake investment in plant and machinery in the first two years i.e. in 2021-22 and 2022-23. Investment made in 2020-21 fiscal also to be counted for meeting the mandated investment, the government said in a separate statement. The conditions of stipulated minimum sales and mandated investment will not be applicable for entities selected for making innovative/organic products, it said.

The scheme aims to support creation of global food manufacturing champions, strengthen select Indian brand of food products for global visibility and wider acceptance in the international markets besides increasing employment opportunities of off-farm jobs as well as ensuring remunerative prices of farm produce and higher income to farmers.

On implementation of the scheme, the government said it will be rolled out across the country and will be implemented through a project management agency (PMA). The scheme is “fund-limited” as the cost will be restricted to the approved amount. The maximum incentive payable to each beneficiary shall be fixed in advance at the time of approval of that beneficiary. The scheme would be monitored at the Centre by the Empowered Group of Secretaries, the statement added. 

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Latest News Today – BJP vs Trinamool Over Mamata Banerjee’s Gotra Draws In

Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said that her Gotra or sub-caste was Shandilya.


West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s “gotra” or sub-caste fanned a dust-up between the Trinamool Congress and the BJP for the second day on Wednesday as Union Minister Giriraj Singh’s comment linking her to Rohingya Muslims amped up the shrillness of an exceptionally polarised election.

Playing one final card on Tuesday just before the curtains came down on campaigning for the second phase of the Bengal election that will include her prospective seat of Nandigram, Ms Banerjee told voters she belonged to the ‘Shandilya gotra – one of the eight highest Brahmin ‘gotras‘.

At a rally in the constituency that which will see a high-stakes prestige battle between Ms Banerjee and her aide-turned-rival Suvendu Adhikari – the Chief Minister led off by reminiscing about visits to temples, where priests asked her for her ‘gotra‘ or lineage.

“During my second campaign, I visited a temple where the priest enquired about my ‘gotra‘. I told him ‘Maa Maati Manush‘ (the slogan that powered her to victory in 2011),” Ms Banerjee said, before adding, “Actually I am ‘Shandilya’.”

Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Giriraj Singh, infamous for incendiary and communal speeches, retorted that the Chief Minister was announcing her gotra in desperation.

“I never need to say it is my gotra, I write it. But she says it out of fear of losing the election. Mamata Banerjee, please tell me whether Rohingya and infiltrators are also of the Shandilya gotra? Her defeat is certain,” said Mr Singh.

That comment was picked up by Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra on Wednesday, who appeared to accuse the BJP leader of being from the “Chotiwala Rakshasa Clan (Ponytailed Demonic clan)”. Mr Singh, who uses the prefix “Shandilya” for his Twitter name, has a ponytail.

Ms Moitra’s comment angered several BJP leaders including Mr Singh, who tweeted back in Hindi, “Shikha / Chutia (ponytail) has been an integral part of the Sanatan civilization and culture of India and it is not fair to abuse Sanatan for the sake of a vote. Keep washing the Rohingya’s feet… Soon Hindustan will ask for the answer.”

His party colleague from West Bengal and a frequent adversary of Ms Moitra on Twitter, Locket Chatterjee, also joined the discussion.

Hosting a bitter face-off between Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool and the BJP, West Bengal has seen an unprecedented degree of religious polarisation ahead of the eight-phase election that ends April 29. Votes will be counted on May 2.

Ms Banerjee had raised the subject earlier this month when she came to Nandigram to file her nomination, accusing her opponent Suvendu Adhikari of playing a “70:30 formula” – of drawing in 70 per cent Hindu votes and 30 per cent Muslim ones.

Since then, the rhetoric has plunged to new lows with this week Mr Adhikari calling his former party chief “Begum” and warning that Bengal will turn into “mini-Pakistan” if she returned to power for a third time.

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Latest News Today – Skullcandy Dime True Wireless Earbuds With 12-Hour

Skullcandy Dime True Wireless Earbuds have been launched in India and they boast of impressive specifications at an affordable price. The budget-friendly true wireless stereo (TWS) earbuds are offered in three colour options and have a lightweight form factor. Skullcandy Dime True Wireless Earbuds boast of up to 12 hours of total battery life on a single charge. They have a short stem-like design and the earbuds can be used independently as any other TWS earphones. Skullcandy Dime True Wireless Earbuds sport physical controls on each earbud.

Skullcandy Dime True Wireless Earbuds price in India, availability

Skullcandy Dime True Wireless Earbuds are priced at Rs. 2,249 and are offered in Dark Blue/ Green, Light Grey/ Blue, and True Black colours. The TWS earphones are available for purchase from Skullcandy India website with deliveries starting from April 4.

Skullcandy Dime True Wireless Earbuds specifications, features

The Dime True Wireless Earbuds from Skullcandy feature 6mm drivers and have a frequency response range of 20Hz to 20,000Hz. They use Bluetooth 5.0 for connectivity and have physical buttons on each earbud. You can control volume, change tracks, and take calls form the earbuds without having to take out your paired phone. Skullcandy Dime True Wireless Earbuds have a 20mAh battery in each earbud and a 150mAh battery in the compact charging case. The earbuds themselves can last 3.5 hours and the case is can offer 8.5 hours of battery life, for a total of 12 hours on a single charge. The case sports a Micro-USB port for charging.

There is a microphone in each earbud allowing Skullcandy Dime True Wireless Earbuds to be used individually. They come with IPX4 sweat and water resistance and have a secure noise-isolating fit. The earbuds weigh 32 grams and the charging case is about the size of a car key fob. Skullcandy Dime True Wireless Earbuds charging case has an attached lanyard as well so that you can add it to your keychain set.

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